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LIBERALISM: A COUNTER-HISTORY

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Liberalism: A Counter-History

By Domenico Losurdo

Translated by Gregory Elliott

 

A fierce critique into the contradiction and complacency of Liberalism

http://www.versobooks.com/books/960-liberalism

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In this definitive historical investigation, Italian author and philosopher Domenico Losurdo argues that from the outset liberalism, as a philosophical position and ideology, has been bound up with the most illiberal of policies: slavery, colonialism, genocide, racism and snobbery.

Narrating an intellectual history running from the eighteenth through to the twentieth centuries, Losurdo examines the thought of preeminent liberal writers such as Locke, Burke, Tocqueville, Constant, Bentham, and Sieyès, revealing the inner contradictions of an intellectual position that has exercised a formative influence on today’s politics. Among the dominant strains of liberalism, he discerns the counter-currents of more radical positions, lost in the constitution of the modern world order.

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“A brilliant exercise in unmasking liberal pretensions, surveying over three centuries with magisterial command of the sources.” – Financial Times

“Liberalism: A Counter-History by Domenico Losurdo stimulatingly uncovers the contradictions of an ideology that is much too self-righteously invoked.” – Pankaj Mishra, Guardian

“The book is a historically grounded, very accessible critique of liberalism, complementing a growing literature critical of liberalism.” – CHOICE

“Liberalism is far too serious to be left in the hands of the liberals.” – Il Giornale

“There is always something to learn from books by Domenico Losurdo. And [this book] is no exception, for the outstanding knowledge of modern and contemporary political thought, the rigorous philology and the pursuit of sources that have been forgotten or expunged.” – Il Corriere della Sera

“Vast historical research recommended for the depth of the ‘excavation’ and for the wealth of new material that emerges.” – Il Sole 24 Ore

“The latest, original work by Domenico Losurdo, a philosopher-historian of great lucidity, author of always innovative books … travels through and analyzes the dark, deep and often malodorous side of liberalism.” – La Stampa

“Losurdo is almost unbelievably well-read” – Jacobin

“Losurdo chronicles the ways in which the leading theorists of liberalism aided and abetted the building up of a ‘master-race democracy’ in the antebellum United States and, afterwards, a world-wide ‘war’ waged by the northern European empires of liberty against one another and for the colonial subjection of the rest of the world.” – The University Bookman

“Liberals might be inclined to disregard Losurdo’s work as bombastic and hyperbolic, but they would be exercising poor judgment to do so. This is not revisionist history, but history told from the point of view of those who are making it.” – Chris Byron, Marx and Philosophy Review of Books

“Losurdo’s point is not the standard Marxian one; that is, the bitter irony of ‘free labour’ is that it is not so free. His point is rather more straightforward: from its inception, liberalism has been about asserting the liberty and equality of the ‘community of the free’, over and against those excluded from that community.” – Geoff Mann, Antipode

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Domenico Losurdo is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Urbino, Italy. He is the author of many books in Italian, German, French and Spanish. in English he has published Hegel and the Freedom of Moderns, Heidegger and the Ideology of War, and Liberalism.

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Paperback /  384 pages / ISBN: 9781781681664 / January 2014 / £11.99

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Domenico Losurdo

A TALK ON LIBERALISM BY DOMENICO LOSURDO

March 19, 2012
CUNY Graduate Center, Room C198
A Talk on Liberalism by Domenico Losurdo

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The author of Liberalism: A Counter History discusses the dark side of Liberalism
On March 19, Domenico Losurdo will speak at the Graduate Center at CUNY about his latest book, Liberalism: A Counter-History, examining the ways in which liberalism, as a philosophical position and ideology, has historically been bound up with the most illiberal of policies: slavery, colonialism, genocide, racism and snobbery.

6.30pm – 7.30pm
CUNY Graduate Center, Room C198
365 Fifth Avenue
New York,NY10016

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Karl Marx in Film

HISTORICAL MATERIALISM – VOLUME 19 ISSUE 2 (2011)

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Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory
Volume 19 Issue 2, 2011
 

CONTENTS

Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial-Prize Lecture

Ben Fine and Dimitris Milonakis: ‘Useless but True’: Economic Crisis and the Peculiarities of Economic Science

Articles

Panagiotis Sotiris: Beyond Simple Fidelity to the Event: The Limits of Alain Badiou’s Ontology

Vivek Chibber: What Is Living and What Is Dead in the Marxist Theory of History

Stefano G. Azzarà: Settling Accounts with Liberalism: On the Work of Domenico Losurdo

Intervention

Bill Bowring: Marx, Lenin and Pashukanis on Self-Determination: Response to Robert Knox

Review Articles

Michael Löwy on Walter Benjamin’s Archive. Images, Texts, Signs, edited by Ursula Marx, Gudrun Schwarz, Michael Schwarz, and Erdmut Wizisla, translated by Esther Leslie; and Esther Leslie’s Walter Benjamin, and Benjamin Handbuch’s Leben-Werk-Wirkung, edited by Burkhardt Lindner

Andrew Lawson on Richard Godden’s William Faulkner: An Economy of Complex Words

Bue Rübner Hansen on Jonathan Nitzan’s and Shimshon Bichler’s Capital as Power: A Study 
of Order and Creorder

Widukind De Ridder on Douglas Moggach’s The Philosophy and Politics of Bruno Bauer and Massimiliano Tomba’s Krise und Kritik bei Bruno Bauer: Kategorien des Politischen im nachhegelschen Denken

Historical-Critical Dictionary of Marxism

Trickle Down Theory

William W. Hansen
Fanonism

 

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Domenico Losurdo

DOMENICO LOSURDO COMES TO LONDON TO DISCUSS HIS NEW BOOK – ‘LIBERALISM: A COUNTER-HISTORY’

Thursday, May 05, 2011, 7.30pm

King’s College London, Edmund J. Safra Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus, London WC2R 2LS

‘Liberalism: Slavery, imperialism and exploitation’

A panel discussion and book launch for LIBERALISM: A COUNTER-HISTORYwith Domenico Losurdo, Robin Blackburn, Richard Seymour, and chair Stathis Kouvelakis.

Hosted by the KCL European Studies Department in association with Verso Books

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DOMENICO LOSURDO is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Urbino, Italy. He is the author of many books in Italian, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Mandarin. In English he has published HEGEL AND THE FREEDOM OF MODERNS and HEIDEGGER AND THE IDEOLOGY OF WAR.

ROBIN BLACKBURN is the author of THE AMERICAN CRUCIBLE: SLAVERY, EMANCIPATION AND HUMAN RIGHTS. He teaches at the University of Essex in the UK and at the New School for Social Research in New York. He is a contributor to NEW LEFT REVIEW and a member of its editorial committee.

RICHARD SEYMOUR is the author of THE LIBERAL DEFENCE OF MURDER. He lives, works and writes in London. He runs the Lenin’s Tomb website, which comments on the War on Terror, Islamophobia and neoliberalism.

STATHIS KOUVELAKIS is the author of PHILSOPHY AND REVOLUTION: FROM KANT TO MARX. He is a Reader in Political Theory at King’s College London.

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PRAISE FOR LIBERALISM: A COUNTER-HISTORY BY DOMENICO LOSURDO

‘Devastatingly exact in his dismantling of a Whiggish optimism, Losurdo thankfully avoids the historical dead-endism of postmodern critiques.’ Greg Grandin, author of FORDLANDIA

‘Anyone who thinks they know the history of liberalism will be surprised – and riveted – by this book. Every page is an experience.’ Corey Robin, author of FEAR: THE HISTORY OF A POLITICAL IDEA

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In this definitive historical investigation of the formation of liberalism from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries, Domenico Losurdo overturns complacent and self-congratulatory accounts by showing that, from its very origins, liberalism and its main thinkers—Locke, Burke, Tocqueville, Constant, Bentham, Sieyès and others—have been bound up with the defense of thethoroughly illiberal policies of slavery, colonialism, genocide, racism and elitism. Losurdo probes the inner contradictions of liberalism, also focusing on minority currents that moved to more radical positions, and provides an authoritative account of the relationship between the domestic and colonial spheres in the constitution of a liberal order.

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ISBN: 978 1 84467 639 4 / $34.95 / £22.00 / Hardcover / 384 pages

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World Crisis

HISTORICAL MATERIALISM 18.4 NOW OUT
Historical Materialism
Research in Critical Marxist Theory
Volume 18 Issue 4, 2010

CONTENTS:

Articles

Charles Post
Exploring Working-Class Consciousness: A Critique of the Theory of the ‘Labour-Aristocracy’

Adelino Zanini
On the ‘Philosophical Foundations’ of Italian Workerism: A Conceptual Approach

Duy Lap Nguyen
Le Capital Amoureux: Imaginary Wealth and Revolution in Jean Genet’s Prisoner of Love – Reflections on ‘Gewalt’

Domenico Losurdo
Moral Dilemmas and Broken Promises: A Historical-Philosophical Overview of the Nonviolent Movement

Interventions

Gail Day, Steve Edwards & David Mabb
‘What Keeps Mankind Alive?’: the Eleventh International Istanbul Biennial. Once More on Aesthetics and Politics

Geoff Mann
Value after Lehman

Review Articles

Thomas Jeannot
on Andrew Kliman’s Reclaiming Marx’s ‘Capital’: A Refutation of the Myth of Inconsistency

Fred Moseley
on Andrew Kliman’s Reclaiming Marx’s ‘Capital’: A Refutation of the Myth of Inconsistency

Gail Day
on Pier Vittorio Aureli’s The Project of Autonomy: Politics and Architecture Within and Against Capitalism

Historical-Critical Dictionary of Marxism

Richard Dienst
Television

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